Dr Ayla Humphrey PhD

Ayla Humphrey

University position

Affiliate Assistant Professor

Dr Ayla Humphrey PhD is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.


Department of Psychiatry


Developmental Lifecourse Research Group, Autism Research Centre and Developmental Psychiatry



Home page

http://www.psychiatry.cam.ac.uk/blog/dr... (personal home page)

Research Themes

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Developmental Neuroscience


Ayla Humphrey, Lead for Children and Young People’s Psychology, CPFT and Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge. Her interest is in the advancement of services for children & families; early identification of and intervention for mental health and developmental needs. Co-founder of CCPNR, Cambridge Centre for Paediatric Neuropsychological Rehabilitation and Founding Director, Cambridge Family Social Enterprise. She was awarded the 2017 British Psychological Society award for “Outstanding Contribution to Applied Practice”.

She is Senior Project Lead for CLAHRC EoE CAMHS Innovation and Evaluation group.

Her research has also focused on early development in children with Tuberous Sclerosis, Autism, and epilepsy.

Current collaborations include "Parents and Young Children under Extreme Stress (PYCES)"; "Delivery of Cognitive Therapy for Young People After Trauma" (Decrypt); Affiliated Scientist, “British Autism Study of Infant Siblings” (BASIS).

Research Focus


early interventions

mental health services

health economics


cognitive impairment

Clinical conditions

Anxiety disorders

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder


Childhood disorders

Depressive disorders


Language disorders

Obsessive compulsive disorder


Tourette's syndrome

Traumatic brain injury

Tuberous Sclerosis


Behavioural analysis

Neuropsychological testing



Tim Dalgleish

Susan Gathercole

Peter Jones

Louise Lafortune

Richard Meiser-Stedman

Ford Tamsin

Associated News Items

    Key publications

    Anderson JK, Howarth E, Vainre M, Humphrey A, Jones PB, Ford TJ. (2020), “Advancing methodology for scoping reviews: recommendations arising from a scoping literature review (SLR) to inform transformation of Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services.” BMC Med Res Methodol 20(1):242 PDF

    Burn AM , Vainre M, Humphrey A, and Howarth E (2020), “Evaluating the CYP-IAPT transformation of child and adolescent mental health services in Cambridgeshire, UK: a qualitative implementation study” . Implementation Science Communications 14 (1):89 PDF

    Childs?Fegredo J.,· Burn AM, Duschinsky R, Humphrey A,· Ford T, · Jones PB, Howarth E (2020), “Acceptability and Feasibility of Early Identification of Mental Health Difficulties in Primary Schools: A Qualitative Exploration of UK School Staff and Parents’ Perceptions” School Mental Health PDF

    Soneson E, Howarth E, Ford T, Humphrey A, Jones PB, Thompson Coon J, Rogers M, Anderson JK. (2020), “Feasibility of School-Based Identification of Children and Adolescents Experiencing, or At-risk of Developing, Mental Health Difficulties: a Systematic Review.” Prev Sci. 21(5):581-603.

    Emma Howarth, Maris Vainre, Ayla Humphrey,Chiara Lombardo, Ainul Nadhirah Hanafiah, Joanna K Anderson, Peter B Jones (2019), “Delphi study to identify key features of community-based child and adolescent mental health services in the East of England” BMJ Open PDF

    Matthew J. Hollocks, Roland Casson, · Clare White, · Jess Dobson,· Peter Beazley, · Ayla Humphrey (2019), “Brief Report: An Evaluation of the Social Communication Questionnaire as a Screening Tool for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young People Referred to Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services” Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders PDF

    Anderson JK, Ford T, Soneson E, Thompson Coon J, Humphrey A, Rogers M, Moore D, Jones PB, Clarke E and Howarth E (2018), “A systematic review of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of school-based identification of children and young people at risk of, or currently experiencing mental health difficulties ” Psychological Medicine 13:1-11

    Emma Soneson , Jasmine Childs-Fegredo, Joanna K. Anderson, Jan Stochl, Mina Fazel, Tamsin Ford, Ayla Humphrey, Peter B. Jones, Emma Howarth (2018), “Acceptability of screening for mental health difficulties in primary schools: a survey of UK parents” BMC Public Health PDF

    Joanna K. Anderson, Emma Howarth, Maris Vainre, Peter B. Jones, Ayla Humphrey (2017), “A scoping literature review of service-level barriers for access and engagement with mental health services for children and young people” Children and Youth Services review 77 (2017) 164–176

    Humphrey A, Eastwood L, Atkins H, Vainre M, Lea-Cox C (2016), “An exemplar of GP commissioning and child and adolescent mental health service partnership: Cambridge 1419 young people’s service” Journal of Integrated Care 24(1):26-37 PDF

    Humphrey A, Maclean C, Ploubidis GB, Granader Y, Clifford M, Haslop M, Neville BG, Yates JR, Bolton PF, Tuberous Sclerosis 2000 Study Group (2014), “Intellectual development before and after the onset of infantile spasms: A controlled prospective longitudinal study in tuberous sclerosis.” Epilepsia 55(1):108-16 Details

    Humphrey A, Ploubidis GB, Yates JR, Steinberg T, Bolton PF (2008), “The Early Childhood Epilepsy Severity Scale (E-Chess).” Epilepsy Res 79(2-3):139-45 Details

    Humphrey A (2006), ““Children behaving badly – a case of misunderstanding? The development of a CAMHS based child neuropsychology service”” The Psychologist, 19 (8): 494-495. PDF

    Humphrey A, Neville BG, Clarke A, Bolton PF (2006), “Autistic regression associated with seizure onset in an infant with tuberous sclerosis.” Dev Med Child Neurol 48(7):609-11 Details



    Gracey F, Watson S, McHugh M, Swan A, Humphrey A, Adlam A (2014), “Age at injury, emotional problems and executive functioning in understanding disrupted social relationships following childhood acquired brain injury.” Social Care and Neurodisability 5 (3): 160-170

    Sullivan JC, Tavassoli T, Armstrong K, Baron-Cohen S, Humphrey A (2014), “Reliability of self, parental, and researcher measurements of head circumference.” Mol Autism 5(1):2 Details


    Yates JR, Maclean C, Higgins JN, Humphrey A, le Maréchal K, Clifford M, Carcani-Rathwell I, Sampson JR, Bolton PF, Tuberous Sclerosis 2000 Study Group (2011), “The Tuberous Sclerosis 2000 Study: presentation, initial assessments and implications for diagnosis and management.” Arch Dis Child 96(11):1020-5 Details


    Humphrey A, Golan O, Wilson B, Sopena S (2010), “Executive Dysfunction and it’s measurement in Children with Asperger’s Disorder” The Autism Spectrum:Research Reviews

    Humphrey A.,Golan O.,Wilson B,Sopena S (2010), ““Executive Dysfunction and it’s measurement in Children with Asperger’s Disorder”” In P Rezaie and I Roth (Eds). The Autism Spectrum: Research Reviews. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


    Humphrey A (2008), “"Treatment of Anxiety in Children with Asperger’s Disorder"” in Appleton P (ed.) Children’s anxiety: a contextual approach. London: Routledge, pp. 121-128.

    Jeste SS, Sahin M, Bolton P, Ploubidis GB, Humphrey A (2008), “Characterization of autism in young children with tuberous sclerosis complex.” J Child Neurol 23(5):520-5 Details

    Owens G, Granader Y, Humphrey A, Baron-Cohen S (2008), “LEGO therapy and the social use of language programme: an evaluation of two social skills interventions for children with high functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome.” J Autism Dev Disord 38(10):1944-57 Details


    Raznahan A, Higgins NP, Griffiths PD, Humphrey A, Yates JR, Bolton PF (2007), “Biological markers of intellectual disability in tuberous sclerosis.” Psychol Med 37(9):1293-304 Details


    de Vries P, Humphrey A, McCartney D, Prather P, Bolton P, Hunt A, TSC Behaviour Consensus Panel (2005), “Consensus clinical guidelines for the assessment of cognitive and behavioural problems in Tuberous Sclerosis.” Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry 14(4):183-90 Details


    Humphrey A, Higgins JN, Yates JR, Bolton PF (2004), “Monozygotic twins with tuberous sclerosis discordant for the severity of developmental deficits.” Neurology 62(5):795-8 Details

    Humphrey A, Williams J, Pinto E, Bolton PF (2004), “A prospective longitudinal study of early cognitive development in tuberous sclerosis - a clinic based study.” Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry 13(3):159-65 Details